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The Wizard (1989)

A boy and his brother run away from home and hitch cross country with the help of a girl they meet to compete in the ultimate video game championship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy Woods / The Wizard
Vince Trankina ... Tate (as Vincent Leahr)
... Christine Bateman
Dea McAllister ... Counselor
... Bateman
... Sam Woods
... Corey Woods
... Nick Woods
Will Seltzer ... Putnam
Roy Conrad ... Bus Clerk
... Haley
Roderick Dexter ... Trucker #1 / Wrecking Yard Man
Ray Bickel ... Trucker #2
Chuck Skinner ... Grease Monkey
W.K. Cowan ... Salesman #1


Corey and Jimmy Woods are two brothers who are being separated due to their parents divorcing. Jimmy is a mentally unstable kid that has had problems ever since his sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games. He is one of the best around, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video game championship, but along the way, they must avoid the adults, who are trying to take Jimmy away. Written by Anonymous

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They're on a cross-country adventure to the world's greatest video championship. It's more than a game...it's the chance of a lifetime. See more »


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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vidéokid  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


3 years after this film's release, a new video game themed gameshow premiered on the Channel 4 network entitled GamesMaster (1992) (TV Series) which contestants and guest celebrities would challenge each other by playing video games which the winner would a golden joystick. See more »


There are numerous factual, audio and continuity errors with the other video games. See more »


[Sam is driving]
Sam: Hey where the hell are we?
[eats a donut]
Nick: What is that? Donuts?
Sam: Yeah. So?
Nick: That's disgusting.
Sam: Ha ha. From the guy who steals my pickup, who stays up drinking. From the guy with a foul mouth, that's a compliment.
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You got 50,000 on Double Dragon?!?
8 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

If you were born between the years 1974 and 1984 and were as obsessed as most of us were about Nintendo games, you will enjoy this movie. Yes, the plot is predictable and cheesy and the writing leaves a lot to be desired, but I guarantee if you fall into the above group, you will enjoy regressing back to 1989 where having "all 97 games," and "the power glove (it's so bad...)" were major status symbols. If you don't fall into this group, or couldn't really care less about old video games, then you should probably pass on this film. But for the rest of us, (I used to watch the commercial for this film just to get a glimpse at Super Mario Bros. 3) watch it and enjoy it time after time.

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